God is Father to the fatherless

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Psalm 68:4-6 – Sing to God, sing praises to His name; lift up a song to Him who rides through the deserts; His name is the LORD; exult before Him!  Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation.  God settles the solitary in a home; He leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Our church has a ministry called Embrace.  Embrace works to promote the cause of the orphan.  The couple who started Embrace were the first to make me aware nearly 40% of Christians seriously consider adopting but only 5% follow through with it.  To be sure, adoption is not for everybody.  Caring for orphans is hard work.  Adoptive parents as well as foster care families all benefit from having a supportive team around them.  That is why Embrace exists.

Personally, I am grateful for my increasing relationships with orphans of all ages from all over the world.  I have known some since their infancy and others in their adulthood.  Some are part of our church, and others are pastors themselves in Africa.  I have grown to understand that I was an orphan of sorts, too.  I have two loving biological parents who are still involved in my life, but I needed adoption by God the Father (Ephesians 1:5).  He invited me to take His family name, Christian.  He blessed me with a rich inheritance and all the privileges of being His son (Galatians 4:5), and Jesus even calls me His brother (Hebrews 2:11).  All this was made possible through faith in Jesus.  John 1:12 says all who believe in the name of Jesus are welcomed as children of God, chosen by Him.

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, God is clear we are to care for orphans.  God is compassionate and caring for those in need, and Christians are His body.  We are to follow the leading of our head, Jesus Christ, and love those who are close to His heart in tangible ways.

His Little Feet is an international children’s choir coming to Evangelical Bible Church at 7:00 pm this Saturday evening.  Please come and listen as the children sing and promote the cause of the fatherless.  There is no charge at the door.  A free will offering is welcome but not necessary.

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